National Sword 2017 – updates 16/6/2017

National Sword 2017 – updates 16/6/2017

During a major crackdown of the Customs of Shantou City (Guangdong) this week, a joint-action team of 172 people, consisting of the Customs of Shantou City, AQSIQ, Environmental Protection, and Industry & Commerce Department, successfully seized 85,000 tons of smuggled solid waste with a value of one billion RMB and exposing five organized illegal gangs group. The solid waste seized was primarily waste plastics and metals from 16 warehouses in different locations in Guangdong. The suspects were arrested and were found to be illegally using third-party import permits for plastic waste imports.

A spokesman for Shantou Customs stressed that the four government departments which participated in this joint action will continue to work coherently and strengthen efforts to fight against solid waste smuggling.

Such action stemmed from the implementation of the National Sword action plan beginning early this year as a regular effort in combating illegal solid waste smuggling.

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By Dr. Steve Wong
Executive President, CSPA
Chairman, Fukutomi Company Limited
Committee Member, Plastics Committee of BIR
Committee Member, WEEE Committee of BIR

16 June 2017

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